Frequently Asked Questions
Thanks to your questions, we have compiled this informational page. As we receive more questions, we will continue to add to this list.
How long will the entire process take i.e. acceptance to installation?
To start off, we combine the deposit and equipment order in one payment. Upon ordering the equipment from our suppliers, we immediately begin the permit application. The county normally takes about two weeks to issue permits, therefore we apply for inspection around the same time to speed up the process. Within a week of receiving acceptance of the application, we begin roof mounting and then commence the module installation.
*The length of the project may vary depending on the size of the PV system.
Do you foresee a decrease in pricing for solar? What are current rebate options?
It appears that prices have stabilized. The Commerce Department has imposed surcharges on imported Chinese modules to alleviate increasing competitive pricing pressures on American based solar module companies. Unfortunately, rebates are on a declining track, and there does not seem to be much hope for any new rebates in the near future. However, there are innovative financing options available, but the effective interest rate is higher than savings or Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) rates that are currently available.
How do we plan out the location of our PV system? Aesthetics and leaving the option open for pool PV system are important to me.
In order to maximize your panel’s solar intake, we use a solar pathfinder to detect the perfect location for your modules. Trees that may shade the modules and shadows cast from the orientation of the roof are detected in this process and then avoided during the module installation. We can easily move around the location of the modules if a pool PV system is ever an interest for you and can furthermore offer competitive pricing for this system
How can I insure that the solar installation process will not void my roof warranty?
This is very situational. Send on over your roofer’s contact information and we will work together i.e. your warranty.
Are there any example of black-framed vs silver-framed panels? How about white vs. black sheet?
The Davis Methodist Church is a visible example of the black-framed panels while the silver-framed panels, most famously manufactured by SUNPOWER Corp. can be seen clearly at the University Covenant Church (UCC), both which reside in Davis.
How would our warranty transfer to the new homeowner if we decided to sell our house?
Warranties are uniquely for the equipment, therefore making it conveniently transferable to future homeowners. If the new homeowners wish to be briefed on the PV system, they will just need to contact us and we will be more than happy to come on over and give them a quick overview.